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Chris Brown Issues Video Apology for Rihanna Assault

July 20, 2009 4:40 PM ET

Chris Brown has publicly apologized to both Rihanna and his fans for the first time since February in a new video that TMZ posted today. Looking directly into the camera in what appears to be an office building, a solemn Brown says in the two-minute-long video that he wanted to apologize immediately following the February 8th incident, which left Rihanna with "horrific" injuries, however Brown's lawyers advised him not to speak publicly, as the singer was charged with two felonies.

(Photos of Chris Brown and Rihanna's fateful Grammy weekend.)

"I have told Rihanna countless times and I am telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry and that wasn't I able to handle the situation both differently and better," Brown says in the video. As Rock Daily previously reported, Brown avoided jail time by reaching a plea deal with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office on June 22nd. Brown was sentenced to 180 days of community labor and ordered to take domestic violence counseling program. Brown says in the video that he's spoken to his minister and his mother to figure out why the incident happened, especially considering that he was raised in a house with domestic violence and has seen its effects firsthand.

"What I did was unacceptable, 100 percent. I can only ask and pray that you forgive me, please. I hope that others learn from my mistake," Brown says in the video. Following the February 8th incident, Brown released a statement saying he was "sorry and saddened" about "what transpired" that night, without ever naming Rihanna or specifics of that evening. In late May, another video of Brown surfaced while at Bow Wow's house, with Brown telling fans, "I ain't a monster."

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